LATEST RACING ARTICLESJason Beem's Thursday Column for March 23, 2023Jason Beem Horse Racing Podcast: March 23, 2023Keeler Johnson's picks and plays March 23Harness Preview: Picks and Horses to Watch March 23-27 Exotics plays for 2023 Bourbonette OaksBetting With, and Against, Pretty Mischievous in the Fair Grounds OaksFair Grounds: Exotics Plays for the 2023 New Orleans Classic StakesDubai World Cup Preview 2023: Algiers battles Country Grammer, Japanese
Pedigree notebook: Talk of the Nation another one for Zenyatta's family
Recent Rebel (G2) winner Confidence Game put Zenyatta’s family back in the spotlight, since his dam is a half-sister to the Hall of Famer. Not to be outdone, another Zenyatta relative has produced a high-profile three-year-old who’s turning heads, but on turf – Talk of the Nation.
Jason Beem Horse Racing Podcast: March 14, 2023
Jason opens the show catching up on some news from the past weekend in the racecalling world. Then we welcome in TwinSpires and Brisnet's own James Scully to talk the Tampa Bay Derby, the Kentucky Derby and Oaks trails, the NCAA tournament and more!
Keeler Johnson's picks and plays March 14
Handicapper J. Keeler Johnson shares picks and plays for Tuesday, March 14 at Mahoning Valley and Turf Paradise, along with a horse to single in the $938 Pick 5 carryover at Sunland Park.
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Tapit Trice
A stretch-running win in the Tampa Bay Derby (G3) vaulted Tapit Trice into the Kentucky Derby picture.
Kentucky Derby Maiden Watch: I Don't Get It, Major Blue prevail for Derby-winning trainers
You might assume that any horse competing against maiden special weight company in March is too far behind to qualify to the Kentucky Derby (G1) field. But that isn’t always the case.
Monday Morning Message with Jason Beem March 13, 2023
Jason looks back at this weekend's Tampa Bay Derby, including his thoughts and perspectives on the winner and the race from up in the booth.
Cheltenham Festival: Constitution Hill to light up Day 1
After months of anticipation, the Cheltenham Festival is finally here.
Keeler Johnson's picks and plays March 13
J. Keeler Johnson shares picks and plays for Monday, March 13 at Mahoning Valley, Turf Paradise, and Will Rogers Downs, along with a horse to single in Turf Paradise’s $60,228 Pick 5 carryover.
Jason Beem Horse Racing Podcast: March 13, 2023
Jason looks back at this weekend's big card from Tampa Bay Downs, including Tapit Trice's win in the big race. He also talks about the Azeri Stakes and Secret Oath's return to the winner's circle.
Forte hardens into 3-1 favoritism in KDFW Pool 5; Wet Paint popular in Oaks Future
Champion Forte closed as the overall 3-1 favorite in Pool 5 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager on Sunday evening, his strongest backing so far in the KDFW series.
Harness Weekly Update: There's joy with Mudville among double-digit winners
Double-digit winners highlight weekly harness contenders.
Dubai World Cup clues from Super Saturday, Saudi Cup
The “Super Saturday” results from March 4 at Meydan offer clues of varying degrees for the March 25 Dubai World Cup (G1) gala.
Chasing carryovers: $3,520 Fair Grounds Pick 6, $11,594 Turf Paradise Pick 5
Handicapper J. Keeler Johnson shares horses to play (or oppose) in a pair of Sunday carryovers: the $3,520 Pick 6 at Fair Grounds and the $11,594 Pick 5 at Turf Paradise.
Tall Tales of the Track: And the Winner Is…
Rumor had it that it was not Bend Or who ran down Robert the Devil at Epsom, but a horse named Tadcaster, an accusation of mistaken identity that was resolved more than a century later.
Santa Anita: How to bet the 2023 Santa Ana Stakes
A talented field of nine fillies and mares will run 1 1/4 miles on the Santa Anita turf course in Sunday’s $100,000 Santa Ana (G3).
Carryovers: Analyzing the $937 Fair Grounds Pick 6 and $4,150 Turfway Super High 5
Handicapper J. Keeler Johnson shares horses to play in a pair of non-jackpot carryovers on Saturday at Fair Grounds and Turfway Park.
Turfway: How to bet the 2023 Big Daddy Stakes
A total of nine horses will go postward in Saturday’s $125,000 Big Daddy S. at Turfway Park.
The Jury: Bets and fades for March 11
The TwinSpires jury of James Scully, Vance Hanson, and Ashley Anderson offer their thoughts on the Tampa Bay Derby card, along with competitive races at Santa Anita and Oaklawn.
Meet the Contenders: 2023 Tampa Bay Derby
Meet the horses running in the 2023 Tampa Bay Derby. For each horse, we're listing a pro, a con, and a rating of potential.
Tampa Bay Downs All-Stakes Late Pick 5 for March 11
Tampa Bay Downs will feature the lone Kentucky Derby (G1) prep race this weekend with points on a scale of 50-20-15-10-5 available to the top five finishers in the $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G3).
How to bet the 2023 LaCombe Memorial Stakes
A total of eight three-year-old fillies will travel one mile on the Fair Grounds green in Saturday’s $75,000 Allen Black Cat LaCombe Memorial.
Exotics Plays for the 2023 Hurricane Bertie Stakes
A compact field of six will go postward in Saturday’s $125,000 Hurricane Bertie (G3) at Gulfstream Park.
Betting With, and Against, Fun to Dream in the Beholder Mile
A well-matched field of eight fillies and mares will travel one mile on the Santa Anita main strip in Saturday’s $500,000 Beholder Mile (G1).
Tipsheet: 2023 Tampa Bay Derby
A fantastic field of 12 three-year-olds will travel 1 1/16 miles on the dirt in Saturday’s $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G3).
Kentucky Derby Future Wager 2023: Betting Strategies for Pool 5
Historically, the March Kentucky Derby Future Wagers are about when you can start to expect the eventual Derby winner to be a named individual option.
New Zealand Preview: La Crique can win New Zealand Stakes
It’s a massive day in New Zealand, with two Group 1 races and a rich two-mile handicap at Pukekohe. Some of the runners may well appear in the Sydney autumn carnival in the next month.
Sydney Preview: Coolmore Classic day, 2023
Sydney racing this weekend is highlighted by a Group 1 race for the distaffers and two last chances to get into the world’s richest juvenile race next weekend.
Keeler Johnson's picks and plays March 10
Handicapper J. Keeler Johnson shares picks and plays for Friday, March 10 at Fair Grounds and Turfway Park, along with horses to play in Super High 5 carryovers at Turfway and Tampa Bay Downs.
Exotics plays for the 2023 Azeri Stakes at Oaklawn
Multiple graded stakes-winning mare Clairiere and 2022 Kentucky Oaks (G1) hero Secret Oath headline the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn on Saturday.
Kentucky Derby Report – Stylish return performance for the champ
Champion juvenile male Forte came back impressively in the Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park, one of four Road to the Kentucky Derby series qualifiers offered on March 4, and the Todd Pletcher-trained colt will make his final prep in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) on April 1.
Jason Beem's Thursday Column for March 9, 2023
Jason continues the "Six Secrets of Unsuccessful Bettors" series with the fourth installment, talking about tracking equity in your horizontal plays.
Cheltenham Festival: Questions to ponder for 2023
Here are some posers to watch for as the Cheltenham Festival unfolds.
Keeler Johnson's picks and plays March 9
Handicapper J. Keeler Johnson shares picks and plays for Thursday, March 9 at Fair Grounds, Oaklawn Park, and Turfway Park, along with horses to single in the $8,949 Pick 6 carryover at Fair Grounds.
Jason Beem Horse Racing Podcast: March 9, 2023
Jason looks ahead to this weekend's Tampa Bay Derby card at Tampa Bay Downs to open up the show. The second part of the show he talks about his Thursday column for TwinSpires Edge, which is about equity building in your horizontal wagers.
Harness Preview: Picks and Horses to Watch March 9-13
Selected features, stakes coverage and the never-ending TwinSpires’ horses-to-watch list (H2W) share keys to success in exotics, win, place and show payoffs.
Keeler Johnson's picks and plays March 8
Handicapper J. Keeler Johnson shares picks and plays for Wednesday, March 8 at Tampa Bay Downs and Fair Grounds, including live longshots to play in the $6,233 Pick 6 carryover at Fair Grounds.
Jason Beem Horse Racing Podcast: March 8, 2023
Jason opens the show talking about some of the news of the day, including some recent stewards' decisions. Then he welcomes in trainer Eoin Harty to talk about the upcoming Tampa Bay Derby, his career as a trainer, and more!
When to bet (or not bet) the trifecta
The trifecta often seems like the perfect exotic wager. But some situations are more suitable for trifecta betting than others.
Catching My Eye: Emerging 3-year-olds and turf stakes at Fair Grounds
Racing analyst Kevin Kilroy examines up-and-coming three-year-olds and a couple of turf stakes that caught his eye at Fair Grounds during the first weekend of March.
Fair Grounds Pick 6 Wednesday, March 8: $6,223 carryover
With last weekend’s cash being carried over into Wednesday’s pool, the time is right to take a swing at Fair Grounds' $1 Pick 6 with a low 15% takeout.
Forte listed at 4-1 for KDFW Pool 5; Wonder Wheel 8-1 favorite in lone Oaks Future
Following an impressive comeback win in Saturday’s Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park, Forte has been installed as the 4-1 morning line favorite in Pool 5 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which is set for its three-day span Friday-Sunday.
Racing Roundtable: Derby and Oaks prep review
James Scully, Kellie Reilly, and Vance Hanson look back on the events of last weekend, including a significant Saturday of preps for the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1).
Pedigree notebook: More ‘Mischief' as Practical Joke turns stakes triple
Practical Move’s convincing victory in the San Felipe (G2) alone would have been an advertisement for young sire Practical Joke, who now has a proper Kentucky Derby contender to his credit. But Practical Joke also scored a stakes double at Aqueduct earlier on Saturday.
Hong Kong Preview: Rock Ya Heart set to roll at Happy Valley
Rock Ya Heart can cap off some consistent form with victory in the Wong Nai Chung Handicap at Happy Valley on Wednesday.
Keeler Johnson's picks and plays March 7
Handicapper J. Keeler Johnson shares picks and plays for Tuesday, March 7 at Parx Racing, including a ticket for the mandatory-payout $240,353 Pick 5 carryover.
Jason Beem Horse Racing Podcast: March 7, 2023
Jason welcomes in Gulfstream Park analyst Brian Nadeau to the show to recap all of Saturday's Fountain of Youth Day card and talk Gulfstream Park racing.
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Raise Cain
Violence picked up another possible Kentucky Derby (G1) contender when his son Raise Cain unleashed a giant rally from behind a fast pace to dominate Aqueduct’s Gotham (G3).
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Congruent
Don’t assume John Battaglia Memorial S. winner Congruent is a synthetic specialist; to the contrary, he’s a versatile young runner capable of performing well over any surface.
Kentucky Derby Maiden Watch: Bo Cruz, Squire Creek romp at Fair Grounds
With only two months remaining until the Kentucky Derby, you might assume the weekly roster of impressive three-year-old maiden winners has been reduced to a trickle. But that’s simply not the case.
Monday Morning Message with Jason Beem March 6, 2023
Jason looks back at the Davona Dale Stakes from Saturday and a lesson in forgiveness.